Horrible Landfill Smell - My9 New Jersey

Horrible Landfill Smell

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Roxbury, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

Meg Baker talked to residents of Roxbury, N.J. who say they were recently forced to evacuate their homes recently because of toxic fumes from a state owned landfill.

She met up with the residents in that area who are concerned for their safety of their children.

Parents are so concerned that they require their children to wear masks before they go out to play.

Chasing New Jersey found children in the neighborhood on bicycles wearing masks over their noses and mouths.

The site in question is called the Fenimore Landfill in Morris County.  The landfill originally closed in 1979 but was reopened in 2011 with plans to cap it and build a solar facility.

The state seizing the site in June after Gov. Christie signed legislation to close the facility.

That hasn't helped the long-suffering people in the area yet.

The state installed meters in several back yards to monitor fumes from the landfill.  They post live data from the meters on the township website.

Shannon Caccavella has a monitor in her yard.  She says levels have reached as high as 700 and 800 parts per billion which she says is worse than before the state took over the landfill.

She has sent her children to the shore for the summer because she is concerned about their health.

People in the area are waiting for the DEP to answer their questions and help solve the problem. So far, the DEP has covered the landfill with a vapor barrier known as Posi-Shell that is supposed to seal in the smell.  They have set up a system of gas flares that burn all night but the DEP admits that they are not fully operational.

The DEP has found the odors to be from hydrogen sulfide gas caused by wet gypsum wallboard that was dumped at the site.

On Tuesday, the DPD released information about the latest escalation of odors at the landfill.

It says because air temperatures at night have been much cooler, combined with warmer ground temperatures, an inversion layer has blocked the odors from rising into the atmosphere.

The DEP says that it will take several weeks to maximize the effectiveness of temporary solutions to contain the fumes.

A hotline has been set-up for residents to file odor complaints.  It is 1-877-WARNDEP.

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